Global Vaccine Safety

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The Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety

The Committee’s mandate is to enable WHO to respond promptly, efficiently, and with scientific rigour to vaccine safety issues.


Given the sensitive nature of the issues discussed at the twice-yearly Committee meetings, ensuring that members participate in Committee deliberations in a completely independent and unbiased manner is critical. To this end, prior to each meeting, members must declare any potential conflict of interest and sign a confidentiality agreement.

The fourteen members of the Committee are acknowledged experts from around the world in the fields of epidemiology, statistics, paediatrics, internal medicine, pharmacology and toxicology, infectious diseases, public health, immunology and autoimmunity, drug regulation and safety. The members currently work for, or have retired from, organizations such as governmental agencies, public health institutes, drug regulation agencies, medical research institutes and universities. Their involvement in the Committee is, however, strictly in their individual capacities.

Members are appointed by the Director of the WHO Department of Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals (IVB).

The impartiality and high level of expertise represented ensures that the recommendations put forward by the Committee are made in an independent manner and with scientific rigour.

Last update:

11 October 2012 22:05 CEST

A global perspective on vaccine safety and public health: the Global Advisory Committee on Vaccine Safety

American Journal of Public Health. 2004 94: 1931-1935 Copyright 2004, by the American Public Health Association.

Acknowledgements: the American Public Health Association for granting permission for one-time use of this article for academic purposes.